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posted 17 May 2013 00:12 EDT (US)   
The Man with the Laughs





Gooooooooood-byyyyyyye Vietnaaaaam! That's right, I'm history... I'm outta here. I got the lucky ticket home, baby. Rollin, rollin, rollin'... keep them wagons rollin', rawhide! Yeah, that's right... the final Adrian Cronauer broadcast... and this one is brought to you by our friends at the Pentagon. Remember the people who brought you Korea? That's right, the U.S. Army. If it's being done correctly, here or abroad, it's probably not being done by the Army.







In honor of Robin Williams, I've decided to forsake the rules and simple post a lot of what made him special to us: his humor and ability to make us laugh!!


Genie: [turns into a cheerleader] Rick 'em, rack 'em, rock 'em, rake! Stick that sword into that snake!
Jafar: You stay out of this!
Genie: [Weakly] Jafar, Jafar, he's our man; if he can't do it, great!

When Christopher Reeve was in the hospital after his accident, Robin came to visit him. Reeve said this about that surprise visit:
Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. He announced that he was my proctologist, and that he had to examine me immediately...it was Robin Williams...for the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.
When Stephan Spielberg was filming "Schindler's List", Robin would call him to cheer him up. I think I only called him once, maybe twice. I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going 'thank you.'"










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[This message has been edited by Terikel Grayhair (edited 12-13-2014 @ 02:35 PM).]

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posted 11 June 2015 08:30 EDT (US)     2151 / 2504  
An abacus or two.

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posted 12 June 2015 03:17 EDT (US)     2152 / 2504  
The Antikythera mechanism?

"Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French." - P.G. Wodehouse, The Luck of the Bodkins
posted 12 June 2015 08:28 EDT (US)     2153 / 2504  
Anything before windows 98?

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 12 June 2015 13:33 EDT (US)     2154 / 2504  
I was considering an IBM 4860
posted 14 June 2015 23:33 EDT (US)     2155 / 2504  
800th anniversary of the 1215 Magna Carta today. The myth continues!

(And 200th anniversary of Waterloo on the 18th).

"Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French." - P.G. Wodehouse, The Luck of the Bodkins

[This message has been edited by Pitt (edited 06-14-2015 @ 11:34 PM).]

posted 15 June 2015 17:24 EDT (US)     2156 / 2504  
Hey all
What's up?

My main news is that I'll be a dad in a few weeks time!

-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

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posted 15 June 2015 19:12 EDT (US)     2157 / 2504  
Congratulations Gaius! That's very big news. Are you ready? (You're not ready )

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posted 16 June 2015 05:04 EDT (US)     2158 / 2504  
Congrats Gaius! That is wonderful news!

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posted 16 June 2015 05:22 EDT (US)     2159 / 2504  
Congratulations and felicitations!

Welcome to Fatherhood, and the attendant Father's Day gifts of cologne and loud ties.

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posted 16 June 2015 11:34 EDT (US)     2160 / 2504  
Congratulations Gaius!

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posted 17 June 2015 14:30 EDT (US)     2161 / 2504  
Congratulations Gaius

Nicked NTW in time for the 200th anniversary of Waterloo in the Steam Sale, and reinstalled Empire to find my old "Crown for the Wolves" save is still on there!

I had a nice reread of it (christ, I didn't proofread at all!), and I swear I still have the notes for that lying around somewhere. Maybe if I manage to start colonise I could have a bit of fun roleplaying.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 20 June 2015 12:42 EDT (US)     2162 / 2504  
Congratulations!

"Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to talk French." - P.G. Wodehouse, The Luck of the Bodkins
posted 26 June 2015 01:43 EDT (US)     2163 / 2504  
Oh nice, the gold editions of the original Shogun and Medieval have been released on Steam with support for modern operating systems and modern display resolutions. Now I've never personally encountered any technical issues with the original Shogun: Total War but Medieval: Total War has a tendency to be more stubborn and troublesome about working on modern systems.

The graphics aren't exactly pretty by modern standards but the risk-like campaign map, before the move to the 3d campaign map of Rome and later titles, and real-time battles can still be quite interesting from a gameplay perspective. There is an almost tabletop-ish feel to some the the battle mechanics due to things like units getting combat bonuses while fighting if drawn up in what is deemed a suitable formation, been a while since I last played but pikemen units had to be something like at least 6 ranks deep to fight at their best from memory.

There was some granularity to bonuses so that pikemen fighting five ranks deep would still receive some bonuses in combat compared to something outlandish like a pikeman unit spread in a long, two ranks deep, thin line. Casualties played a neat role in reducing the effectiveness of a unit's combat bonuses by forcing units out of their optimum formation if they weren't drawn up deep enough to have reserves to cover frontline losses and maintain the optimum formation depth.

Both games, although Medieval arguably built upon Shogun, have some interesting ideas and features which haven't been seen in newer unmodded Total War titles since. MTW's allocating of titles (e.g: Duke of...) has made a return in some major mods for RTW and such. There economic and provincial management is a bit different in subtle ways as well, such as needing a certain level of blacksmith in the province first before being able to recruit a certain unit -- think of it as needing to be able to produce the arms & armour you are arming your soldiers with before being able to recruit them.
posted 26 June 2015 08:57 EDT (US)     2164 / 2504  
MTW 1 dicks all over every entry in the series since.

house won this
posted 27 June 2015 04:55 EDT (US)     2165 / 2504  
Following on from that, I've been playing through an Early Era campaign as the Aragonese today on Medieval. The old warhorse still as grand as ever in terms of gameplay, although the campaign map has aged a lot better graphically than the real-time battles due to the drawn 2D aesthetic of the map.

Tempted to throw together a retrospective AAR if anyone would be interested.
posted 29 June 2015 03:16 EDT (US)     2166 / 2504  
I don't really mind the graphics, the larger problem is that the UI in battles is a bit sluggish. It's kind of lucky fights in general are a bit longer strung because I think if they were as speedy as later games (in terms of units routing much quicker) it'd too hard to react to things.

house won this
posted 30 June 2015 03:42 EDT (US)     2167 / 2504  
Someone gifted Attila to me during the recent free weekend and sales so I've been playing a bit of that now as well. Kind of engrossed in Medieval at the moment so I've been going through the historical battles for the moment, starting with the Battle of Soissons. Deployed the Frankish version of the Hammer & Anvil to smash the Roman styled forces of Soissons, sometimes there is nothing like a good ol' shield to blunt the enemy's offense.

Though someone needs to have a word with CA and tell them they've got their games mixed up. They keep putting micromanagement intensive unit abilities in the game where you can control up to 20-40 units at once in massive battles instead of the game (TW: Arena) where it makes more sense to have them due to only having about three units to manage at one time.

Might be alright if the UI were better designed to cut out some of the fiddly stuff you have to sometimes do. God forbid you want to put some cavalry in to wedge formation but one, or more, of the cavalry units in the selected group do not have the ability. Rather than just activating the wedge formation ability on the relevant units selected you have to waste some extra seconds first picking out the units that have the wedge formation ability.

There is something to be said for the "simplicity", since apparently we need more stuff to do, and pacing of the battles in the older Total War games.

[This message has been edited by Scipii (edited 06-30-2015 @ 03:44 AM).]

posted 02 July 2015 07:59 EDT (US)     2168 / 2504  
The polygon count, fidelity and technology at work might not be as grand as Total War: Rome II or Total War: Attila but several of the battlefields in Medieval: Total War still manage to look visually interesting and sometimes more distinct than those in Rome 2 and Attila. Whatever anyone says about the sprite based graphics of the original Shogun and Medieval Total War games there is no denying that some of the battlefields and units still ooze character and, lower resolution, detail even to this day.

[This message has been edited by Scipii (edited 07-02-2015 @ 08:00 AM).]

posted 03 July 2015 02:37 EDT (US)     2169 / 2504  
Yeah I think the graphics in MTW are pretty ok. A pretty big improvement on the original Shogun, at any rate.

They fall down a bit on castle sieges (unless you like huge bland slabs of grey) but frankly siege battles in M1 are so lame I almost never bother.

house won this
posted 03 July 2015 12:19 EDT (US)     2170 / 2504  
Hey peeps, how's tricks? Been a while, not sure that browsing through posts made by my 14 year old self was a good idea, although I was getting all gooey eyed over the Imperial Justice era...

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posted 04 July 2015 06:52 EDT (US)     2171 / 2504  
Good lord, that looks much better than I thought it would. Not half bad for such an old game.

And yeah, you're right, the battle fields do look visually interesting.


Hello, Marcus. How are you?


Also, I just had to move house on the hottest day of the year so far. Urgh, it was horrible.

And I shall go Softly into the Night Taking my Dreams As will You
posted 04 July 2015 07:36 EDT (US)     2172 / 2504  
If MTW were on Steam for a low price I would get it. Used to play the demo a bit a few years back on my dad's decrepit laptop because it wasn't really up to running Rome...

[This message has been edited by Edorix (edited 07-04-2015 @ 07:40 AM).]

posted 04 July 2015 14:33 EDT (US)     2173 / 2504  
Oh nice, the gold editions of the original Shogun and Medieval have been released on Steam with support for modern operating systems and modern display resolutions.
Wow. How did I manage to miss this?
Wishlisted and waiting for a sale.

On the same note, I understand that Steam now offers support for store bought versions of RTW but when I tried to activate the CD key, I got naught. Any pointers?

-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

Got news regarding Total War games that should be publicised? Then email m2twnews@heavengames.com. My blog.
Nelson was the typical Englishman: hot-headed, impetuous, unreliable, passionate, emotional & boisterous. Wellington was the typical Irishman: cold, reserved, calculating, unsentimental & ruthless" - George Bernard Shaw
Vote for McCain...he's not dead just yet! - HP Lovesauce

posted 04 July 2015 14:34 EDT (US)     2174 / 2504  
Oh and the wee lad turned up over two weeks early, just two days after my previous post.

-Love Gaius
TWH Seraph, TWH Grand Zinquisitor & Crazy Gaius the Banstick Kid

Got news regarding Total War games that should be publicised? Then email m2twnews@heavengames.com. My blog.
Nelson was the typical Englishman: hot-headed, impetuous, unreliable, passionate, emotional & boisterous. Wellington was the typical Irishman: cold, reserved, calculating, unsentimental & ruthless" - George Bernard Shaw
Vote for McCain...he's not dead just yet! - HP Lovesauce

posted 04 July 2015 16:25 EDT (US)     2175 / 2504  
Congrats Gaius.

Can't say I ever got into MTW properly, STW was my first TW vice, sank so many hours into that game. Always liked to play as the Oda clan, never really chose anyone else.

Exilian - a website for mods for Mount&Blade, Rome Total War, Empire Total War and news about Shogun 2: Total War
"There is no extreme metal, death metal, progressive metal or vegetarian metal." - Tryhard
"Light infantry, rangers, and riflemen all have the unique ability to pull yard-long poles from their arseholes and plant them in order to stave off cavalry." - BurningSushi460
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